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FMD Update: National Movement Ban And Slaughter On Suspicion

by 5m Editor
13 September 2007, at 9:52am

ENGLAND - Limited movements of animals susceptible to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) will be allowed under strict biosecurity arrangements to address immediate welfare issues, in line with the contingency plan. The ban on movements of animals susceptible to FMD, announced earlier today, remains in place.

In addition, a decision has been taken to slaughter on suspicion animals on a farm adjacent to the Infected Premises in Surrey that was confirmed earlier today. This is a precautionary measure and was identified by Animal Health during surveillance this afternoon.

Debby Reynolds Chief Veterinary Officer said:

“This is a developing situation . Our objective is to contain and eradicate the disease. As with the outbreak last month, we will be seeking to take a staged and risk-based approach to controls. I urge all animal keepers to remain vigilant and follow the most stringent of biosecurity measures.”

Under the national movement ban rules the decision has been taken to permit under general licence :

  • Movements of dairy cattle across or along public highways for the purpose of milking;
  • Movement of FMD susceptible animals for emergency veterinary treatment;

Movement of animals from markets and shows will be allowed to farms under specific licence issued by Animal Health and subject to veterinary inspection.

Some very limited movements are necessary for immediate welfare and practical reasons where animals have been at markets or at shows . Movements and collections will only be permitted to take place in accordance with strict licensing conditions, in particular biosecurity measures . Similar arrangements are in place in Scotland and Wales.

5m Editor